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Our smoke-free pledge

Our smoke-free pledge
13 March 2019


We have today signed the NHS Smokefree Pledge, committing to helping staff and patients alike quit smoking.


The NHS Smokefree Pledge has been designed by the Smokefree Action Coalition and is endorsed by NHS EnglandPublic Health England and Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP. It will support NHS organisations to help smokers in their care quit and to create smoke-free environments to help them. Signatories also commit to ensuring that smokers within the NHS have access to the medication they need to quit in line with NICE guidance on smoking in secondary care.


Mr Brine said: “The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the commitments made in the Tobacco Control Plan for England. The plan sets a number of ambitious targets to reduce smoking prevalence as we head towards England’s first smoke-free generation. I am delighted to support the pledge.”


The cost of smoking to the NHS in England is £2.5bn every year while one in four patients in hospital is a smoker.


Dr Paul Bowen, our clinical chair and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton said: We are delighted to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge. Smoking is the leading cause of premature death and disease, and kills 79,000 people in England every year. We are determined to help as many smokers to quit as possible, improving their health and reducing the smoking burden placed on the NHS.”

STUB IT OUT: Paul, left, displays the pledge with Alex Mitchell, our deputy accountable officer.